On March 23rd, Gov. Inslee announced the Stay-at-Home order for Washington State. On March 25th, the Washington State Wine Commission launched Sip Glocal, a digital movement that rallies around a local bottle of Washington wine.
As a part of this effort, each week we will be showcasing what Washington wineries are doing, right now, to support each other, their local communities, and restaurants to encourage others, near and far, to support whatever local means to them. Because the situation we find ourselves in today is bigger than any one body, industry, state, or country, and the best way to support the global community is to start right here at home.
1.QUILCEDA CREEK + #QUILCEDACARES
Quilceda Creek Winery has launched #QuilcedaCares, releasing rare library wines to support restaurant workers. They have joined with the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF) to help the heart of the restaurant industry get the financial help they need. Because of the overwhelming response and support, Quilceda has decided to head back into the cellar and release one last wine to continue supporting this great cause. 50% of all sales proceeds generated from the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley will be donated directly to the RERF fund to support those who need help. This is the first time in 43 years that Quilceda Creek has ever gone into the library to re-release a wine. Click here to see more info and partake in this special opportunity.
2. CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE + THE WA FOOD FUND
Chateau Ste. Michelle has donated $50,000 to The Plate Fund, a collaborative effort to provide immediate assistance to restaurant workers in the greater Seattle area who have been impacted by the current crisis. Ste. Michelle will also contribute $50,000 to the WA Food Fund, established to support food banks across Washington to help meet a surge in demand for food assistance. Ste. Michelle’s parent company, Altria Group, Inc., has also contributed $25,000 to the Seattle Foundation to assist with COVID-19 relief. To follow along in their efforts, you can follow them at @chateaustemichelle.
3. KERLOO CELLARS + WINE IT FORWARD
Kerloo Cellars launched Wine It Forward, a program for customers to purchase wine to be donated to frontline workers (health care, first responders, grocery store employees & others). Kerloo has donated 240 bottles of wine to local front line heroes to date. If you’re a frontline worker, you can stop by to Kerloo Cellars in SoDo. If you want to contribute to this program, you can place an online order and designate the wine you’d like to “wine forward” to a frontline worker. And if you’re just drinking through your wine stash at home, Kerloo is open Sat - Sun for contact-free pickups 12-6, still offering super-fast free local delivery for any orders over 6 bottles, along with 20% off Kerloo wines 🤯 and $10 flat rate shipping. For updates on this program, follow them on Instagram at @kerloocellars.
4. NOVELTY HILL-JANUIK WINERY + HOPELINK
Throughout the month of April, Novelty Hill – Januik winery donated 100 freshly prepared meals each Wednesday to Hopelink, a Redmond-based social services agency. Winery chef Aaron Grund prepared the meals each week. “Our community has been incredibly supportive of us through this difficult time. We wanted to find a way to help our neighbors, and our chef wanted to be a part of that,” said Januik. “At its core, wine is about bringing families together around the table. This is our way of paying it forward.” Hopelink has served homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in north and east King County since 1971 by promoting self-sufficiency for all members of the community and helping people make lasting change. “The past few weeks have reminded all of us that we live in a very generous community, and this gesture is a perfect example of that,” said Hopelink CEO Lauren Thomas. “As we continue to see increased demand for food as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the Novelty Hill – Januik donation will help Hopelink continue to support families and individuals during this difficult time. To see more info, you can follow them on Instagram at @nhjwinery.
5. VITAL WINES + DONATE A DAY
Vital Wines is collecting funds for their initiative DONATE A DAY AT HOME. The highest rate per capita on the entire west coast of COVID-19 is in Yakima, WA due to so many agriculture and factory workers. Even if they social distance at work, many don't have their own car and must carpool to get to work. In order to stay at home and get paid by the U.S., other crew members have to have doctor's notes in hand, which are not immediately available. You can help keep a vineyard worker at home for a day — $108 worth of pay — in order to buy time for the whole crew to get tested and stay safe. A day of unpaid work for many of these crew members is simply not an option. In three days, Vital raised $15,000. To donate a day at home or read more information, see here.